Alumni stories

Discover a range of stories from our alumni at UoG.

Anna Saunders

Anna Saunders completed her Master’s in Creative and Critical Writing at University of Gloucestershire. Since then she has published five collections of poetry: Communion (Wild Conversations Press), Struck (Pindrop Press), Kissing the She Bear (Wild Conversations Press), Burne Jones and…

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Mike Compson at UoG event

Mike Compson

Mike Compson entered St. Paul’s College in 1964 where he developed his musical ability. He set up the Music Society, was an accomplished organist and put many hours into setting up a centre at Shaftesbury Hall which included fish tanks,…

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Chris Beardshaw stood outside in front of greenery

Chris Beardshaw

With a lifelong passion for plants and landscape design, Chris Beardshaw is a familiar face on television, inspiring generations of gardeners new and old. Chris, from Worcestershire, studied BA Hons, graduating in 1994, followed by a PGDip Landscape Architecture at…

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Joe McLean in rugby kit on sports ground

Joe McLean

Joe McLean graduated with an MBA from University of Gloucestershire in 2019, and is now key account and contract manager at Prospect Training Services. He has also enjoyed a career as a semi-professional rugby league player, who has represented Scotland…

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Professor Michael B. Bracken

Professor Michael B. Bracken

A former student of St Paul’s College, a predecessor of University of Gloucestershire, Michael received his Certificate of Education (specialising in Science and Geology) from St Paul’s College in Cheltenham in 1965. Today he is a renowned global leader in…

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Demi Marriner

Having graduated in Popular Music in 2018, songwriter Demi Marriner’s career is going from strength to strength. With endorsements ranging from Bob Harris to Chris Difford, Demi’s preparing to release her new record, The Things We Didn’t Say, in 2020.…

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Sue Illman receives honorary

Sue Illman

Now the first woman Master of the Worshipful Company of Paviors, Sue Illman studied Landscape Architecture at the Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology, now the University of Gloucestershire. Sue started landscape architecture practice Illman Young in 1987 with Yvonne…

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Merrick Denton-Thompson OBE

Merrick Denton-Thompson OBE

President of the Landscape Institute, Merrick Denton-Thompson started his landscape career in Africa, studying in Tanzania, then at Malvern, and then at the Gloucestershire College for Art and Design, a predecessor college of the University of Gloucestershire, from 1968 until…

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Barry Miles

Barry Miles

Born in Cheltenham in 1943, Barry attended Cirencester Grammar School before studying at the Gloucestershire College of Art, a predecessor college of the University of Gloucestershire. Planning to be an art teacher, but instead of teaching he found a job…

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